October – Around Ball Ground

Hello Ball Ground:

The rescheduled meeting of Mayor and Council for October will take place next Thursday, (October 24th, 2019) at 7:00 PM here at City Hall.  Items on the agenda include 2 resolutions support a grant application for nature trail construction.  1 resolution supporting retired educators, Consider first reading of a change to the local sign ordinance and finally to consider the possible sale of City property at 301 Gilmer Ferry Road.  Mayor and Council will meet in a work session at 6:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 7:00 pm.

 Hard to believe but here we are in mid-October, so the Valley Streetscapes contractor is back on site installing trees and other plantings to finalize this project.

 This Saturday there will be a 5K road race in town.  The race will begin in the vicinity of the Senior  Center on Groover Street – will run up Groover then north on Old Canton Road to the vicinity of Old Nelson Road.  Runners will turn around and come back the same course to the finish line.  This is a sanctioned race and course so times can be used for entry in some larger races.  If you want more information you can email the race director at catrun@toostrongtoquit.com  This is a repeat event from last year and supports an excellent cause (domestic violence awareness and recovery).  Please consider attending this event, but if you can’t just please use caution while travelling in this area Saturday morning.

 Ball Ground Main Street will host the annual Spooktacular in the park from 4-8pm on October 25th.  This event will be at 250 Civic Drive (Community Building and adjacent ball fields)  This is a great family event.  If you would like more information, or if your business/organization would like to sponsor a booth please contact Karla Weaver at kweaver@cityofballground.com

 We’ve had a lot of questions on the Roberts Lake Trail.  We believe we are still on track to have the main nature trail open by June 1st, 2020.    The trail itself is being constructed thru a strip of land that is only 30 feet wide, until it reaches the park which is 46 acres.  We want to make sure that we are very respectful of the private property owners adjacent to the trail.  We estimate current trail construction at 40% for walking surface but 0% on signage and markings.  Although we have sufficient funding to construct the nature trail, we are applying for grants that will make the trail less stressful and accessible to a greater number of people.

 Have a great weekend Ball Ground.

 

Ball Ground Farmer’s Market!!

The Ball Ground Farmer’s Market brought to you by Josh and Jen Briggs is held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, April – October.  The market is held in the courtyard outside Barrel House Coffee, right across the Street from Chef Rosario’s Italian Kitchen.  The market is growing each and every week so please come out and support these local vendors and of course all of our wonderful Ball Ground merchants. 

Fly Betty Rocked the Park!

The Fly Betty Band rocked the park on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 just prior to the annual fireworks show.  Great crowd and a lot of fun in the community.  Thanks for coming out.

City Council Meeting

July 11th, 2019 at 7:00 PM will be the next regular meeting of Mayor and Council.

Outdoor Burning Prohibited

Lately, we have had several phone calls inquiring about outdoor burning.  Below is the City Ordinance as related to outdoor burning.

Sec. 8-3. – Outdoor burning prohibited.
(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, or as otherwise set forth in this Code, no persons shall cause, suffer, allow or permit open burning of refuse, rubbish, brush, wood, trash, leaves, tree limbs or other combustible materials anywhere in the city.
(b) The following are exceptions to the prohibition on outside burning:
(1) Outdoor burning in connection with the preparation of food for immediate human consumption;
(2) Small wood only fires contained in an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.
(3) Burning associated with the operation of devices that require open flame, such as tar kettles, blow torches, welding torches, portable heaters, gas grills, charcoal grills and other flame making equipment, provided that the use of such equipment does not violate other local or state laws.
(c) The chief of police or his designee shall be responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of this section, and may issue citations for violations thereof. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $1,000.00 for each offense and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues. In addition, any person violating any provision of this section which results in a fire requiring the response of the fire department shall also be liable for the costs incurred by the fire department in responding to the fire, including actual labor costs, costs of equipment operation, and costs of materials.
( Ord. of 5-11-2017 )

This Saturday, March 9th, 2019, Fayleure Productions Inc., will be filming a scene for the movie AIRBORNE in the Ball Ground Burger Bus.

Filming will take place from approximately 11 am until 11 pm.

During this time we will be closing Mound Street between Gilmer Ferry Road and Chestnut Street. (Business owners will still have access to the parking lot off Mound Street for their employee parking). We will also be closing Church Street between Gilmer Ferry and Groover Street. The road closures will go into effect Friday afternoon and remain in effect until Sunday afternoon (setup and breakdown time). The road closures are for parking of equipment trucks, not for filming.

At this time the production company estimates they will have around 150 cast, crew and support members working in the City. They have made arrangements to rent parking lots close to town and will be using a shuttle bus and vans to bring in cast and crew as needed.

Occasionally there will be a need to close Gilmer Ferry for 2-3 minutes. But this will be the exception, not the norm.

So as you are planning your weekend, carve out some time to come downtown. Patronize our shops and restaurants………then pull up a chair and see if you can spot anyone you know with the movie crew.

See you on Saturday!!!

Have a great week.

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